Monthly Archives: February 2012

On This Day…1928

On This Day... 29 February 1928

On this day in 1928 Terrence Murray Lewis, later Queensland Police Commissioner and Sir Terrence Lewis and subsequently inmate Terry Lewis was born.

Terry Lewis served as Queensland Police Commissioner from from 1978 to 1987 and received a knighthood, before being dismissed by police minister Bill Gunn in September 1987 as a result of being implicated in official corruption by Assistant Police Commissioner Graeme Parker.

After hearing evidence over five months and deliberating for five days a District Court jury found that Lewis guilty of accepting bribes totaling $700,000 to protect brothels, SP bookmakers, illegal casinos, in-line machine operators and to prevent poker machines being legally introduced in Queensland and had also forged Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s signature on an official police document in 1981.  Lewis was sentenced to the maximum term allowabvle for the offences for which he was found guilty, 14 years imprisonmentwith a non-parole period of 9 1/2 years and a $50,000 fine in respect of each of the 15 corruption charges.

Terry Lewis served 10 1/2 years of his 14 year sentencce before being paroled in 2002.  His appeals against his convictions finally failed in 2005.

He was stripped of his Honours including his knighthood in March 1993. 

Dad Joke of the day

Q – Why did the chicken cross the road?
A – To see the man lay a brick.

On This Day…1935

On This Day... 28 February 1935

On this day in 1935 nylon is invented at DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware.

Nylon, the world’s first commercially used manmade fibre, was invented as a substitute for silk by DuPont chemist Wallace Carothers. It is a polyamide thermoplastic and since its invention has been used in a huge number of applications from consumer goods to military applications.

Dad Joke of the day

Q – What do you call a Norwegian in a tree?
A – Leif.

On This Day…1902

On This Day... 27 February 1902

On this day in 1902 Two australian soldiers serving in the second Boer War in South Africa, Harry Harbord ‘Breaker‘ Morant and Peter Joseph Handcock were executed in Pretoria for the murder of Boer Prisoners of War and a German missionary. Continue reading

Dad Joke of the day

Q – What do you call a man who sits waiting in front of your front door?
A – Matt.

Killer Quotes – W H Auden – Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum

Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. 

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead

Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,

Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. 

He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and my Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;

I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.

For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W H Auden

Funeral Blues – The title of the above poem, was popularised after W H Auden’s death in 1973 by broadcast on various mass media. It gained further popularity and exposure after being read at the funeral in the 1994 movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Written in its present form in 1938 it is a wonderfully sad and melancholy piece, however, a little known earlier 1936 version, written as a satire in five stanzas instead of four, exists.

Auden’s large body of work including Funeral Blues marks him as one of the great writers of the 20th Century.

On This Day…1995

On This Day... 26 February 1995

On this day in 1995 Barings Bank, Britain’s oldest Merchant Bank, called in the receivers and shut its doors.

Barings Bank was established in Cheapside London in 1762 by the Baring brothers Francis and John.  It financed the Napoleonic wars. It was no stranger to risk.  It was no stranger to volatility.

The demise of Barings is a tale of fraud and incompetence and fraud and concealment. Continue reading

Dad Joke of the day

Q – What lives in the ocean and plays keyboards?
A – A piano Tuna.

Liberal National Party in Queensland shows itself to be run by a bunch of wowsers

Only PoliticsThe Gold Coast seat of Broadwater is held by the ALP by a margin of just 2.2%.  The seat is considered crucial to the LNP ending the ALP’s 20 year tenure in government in Queensland in the March 24 election.

Yet as important as Broadwater is to the prospects of the LNP forming government on 24 March they have just installed the third candidate to be indorsed to stand for the seat in less than 3 months.

The first candidate indorsed to stand for the seat was Richard Townson who was disendorsed after allegedly returning a breathalyser showing he was over the legal driving limit.  Fair enough driving with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit is an offence and that sort of thing doesn’t stand well with the electorate.

Enter Gold Coast solicitor Cameron Caldwell.

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